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What are the risks of potassium or sodium benzoate (commonly found as preservatives)?

What are the risks of potassium or sodium benzoate (commonly found as preservatives)?

See below: Very little. The drug is used in medicine to assist in lowering serum ammonia levels by activation of a nonurea cycle pathway; ammonia in the presence of benzoate will conjugate with glycine to form hippurate which is secreted by the kidney. As a preservative, there is little worry unless the individual is also on probenecid which can inhibit benzoate renal excretion.

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Can I take vitamin C pills (always made of sodium/potassium bicarbonate, (sodium bicarbonate) ascorbate, benzoate...) w. pulmonary hypertension requiring low sodium diet?

Can I take vitamin C pills (always made of sodium/potassium bicarbonate, (sodium bicarbonate) ascorbate, benzoate...) w. pulmonary hypertension requiring low sodium diet?

Yes, however...: I strongly advise you take Vitamin C, ideally 1000 mg 2-3x/day, but you should try to find forms without sodium. I don't know what's available in Denmark, but in the US you can find ascorbic acid, or calcium or magnesium ascorbate without sodium. Lypo-spheric Vit. C is esp. Well-absorbed, but has 120 mg of sodium, but a low sodium diet usually allows 2000mg/day. Vit. C is best with bioflavonoids.

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Side effects of potassium supppliment?

Side effects of potassium supppliment?

See below: Pottassium supplements can cause esophageal irritation or ulcers, and excess accumulation in the blood for any reason can cause heart rate disturbances and muscle weakness or paralysis.

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Bloodtest said my potassium level was high what can the side effects fromthis be?

Bloodtest said my potassium level was high what can the side effects fromthis be?

May be error: Elevated potassium can be cause by any number of things. A common cause of a blood sample that wasn't prepared correctly. If the blood sample was hemolyzed, potassium levels can rise. Certain medicines can cause elevated potassium. Side effects are minimal. High levels of potassium can cause heart rhythm problems. Make sure you follow up with your physician.

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What kind of potassium does not have any side effects?

What kind of potassium does not have any side effects?

K side effects.: The only source of K that does not have side effects is what you get in natural foods. But even this can be dangerous if you have kidney problems. I specialize in K metabolism and happy to do 2nd opinion to better help you specifically.

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What are the side effects of amoxicillin clavinuate potassium (penicillin)?

The runs: I'd say most common side effect of amox/clavulonate is loose stools. If severe, stop, if doesn't clear, call doctor. Allergy to this is generally a rash, could be throat swellling. Take afte food, all antibiotics can nauseate you or upset your stomach a bit.

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What are side effects of taking losartan potassium to contol hypertension?

What are side effects of taking losartan potassium to contol hypertension?

Side effects: Losartan is a member of the angiotension receptor blocker (arb) class of anti-hypertensive agents. The side effects of this class of drugs are minor. The only serious one that can develop is a high potassium level. At your age, I would expect that you have no chronic kidney disease of any significance so I do not think that you will have this problem, at present.

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What are the side effects of low potassium to unborn child?

What are the side effects of low potassium to unborn child?

Heart is in danger: Most of the k+ in the body is inside the cells. While in the uterus, placenta works to support fetal vital organs (gas exchange, toxins excretion, etc.) after birth newborn needs to support himself and with severe hypokalemia most of the vital organs would be in failure: heart (rhabdomyolysis & arrhythmia), kidneys, gastrointestinal (paralitic ileus), respiratory - from ascending paralysis, etc.

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Florinef (fludrocortisone) for pots 50mcg felt a lot better now. 1mg feel dizzy and sick. Will these side effects go? Potassium is fine weekly blood test. Ughh!

Florinef (fludrocortisone) for pots 50mcg felt a lot better now. 1mg feel dizzy and sick. Will these side effects go? Potassium is fine weekly blood test. Ughh!

Lower dose?: You may need to lower the dose, but you should only do this with your doctor's supervision! Never stop Florinef (fludrocortisone) abruptly, it could lead to fatal adrenal crisis if you were previously on it for awhile. Florinef (fludrocortisone) supresses your body's natural production of cortisol, so stopping suddenly can cause low cortisol crisis.

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Could sodium benzoate be taken out of your body?

Could sodium benzoate be taken out of your body?

Your body removes it: Sodium Benzoate is primarily used as a food preservative. It is metabolized by the liver and then the breakdown products are excreted in the urine. The majority (97%) of ingested sodium benzoate is excreted within 4 hours of ingestion. No other means of removing this drug are known. Http://toxnet. Nlm. Nih. Gov/cgi-bin/sis/search/a? dbs+hsdb:@term+@DOCNO+696

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Pregnant 5 months with head lice. Can use anti-lice lotion or shampoo contain ingredients permethrin 1% w/w or Dimethicone or benzyl benzoate 25% w/v?

Pregnant 5 months with head lice. Can use anti-lice lotion or shampoo contain ingredients permethrin 1% w/w or Dimethicone or benzyl benzoate 25% w/v?

Head lice: Permethrin 1% is safe while pregnant. Dimethicone topical moisturizer is safe too. You don't need Benzyl benzoate 25% if Dimethicone worked as a moisturizer, and you don't need it to treat head lice, wish you a healthy pregnancy and a healthy baby

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What can happen if you are commonly exposed to benzoate?

What can happen if you are commonly exposed to benzoate?

No effects: Benzoic acid (benzoate) is a chemical intermediate. It is used as a preservative when it attaches to other molecules. By itself it does not have any known harmful effects: http://www. Epa. Gov/iris/subst/0355.htm#oralrfd

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Can sodium benzoate give you cancer?

Can sodium benzoate give you cancer?

I don't believe it: Internet scare sites peddling "natural food" are allowed by law to make claims that any scientist will recognize as misleading. There's no shortage of benzoic acid in many fruits (famously cranberries) and it's chemically interchangeable with sodium benzoate varying only with ph. This alone should tell you that the danger is hyped -- if they believed their stuff, they'd attack cranberries.

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Could benzyl benzoate is for acne treatment?

Could benzyl benzoate is for acne treatment?

Better choices: This is great for scabies, but you may be confusing it with benzoyl peroxide, your best over-the-counter option for acne. It's not fun, but it's a good start.

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Is it true that benzyl benzoate treats scabies?

Is it true that benzyl benzoate treats scabies?

Yes: Creams include: Permethrin 5%, benzyl benzoate, sulfur in petrolatum, ; crotamiton.

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My friend is allergic to benzocaine, does that mean she will be allergic to benzophenone or benzoate acid?

My friend is allergic to benzocaine, does that mean she will be allergic to benzophenone or benzoate acid?

No: It is the caine your friend is allergic to, an allergist can skin test her and suggest different anesthetics she can tolerate.

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Please help! What happens when sodium benzoate is combined with vitamin C in the body?

Please help! What happens when sodium benzoate is combined with vitamin C in the body?

Nothing: There was a hoopla a while back about the mix of sodium benzoate (a preservative, chemically interchangeable to the natural benzoic acid that makes cranberries so tasty) and Ascorbic Acid (added to make fake orange drink healthy, I guess) forming benzene if left to sit in the hot sun. The amount was tiny and I wouldn't worry about it in your body. This stuff is silly. Don't worry.

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